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Movies From Black Directors Every Film Lover Should See

Updated July 1, 2020 2.2k votes 392 voters 48.1k views28 items

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Only a few years after #OscarsSoWhite made its splashy, social media-fueled takeover of the 2016 Academy Awards, there has been a call for more diversity and representation in Hollywood. The much-acclaimed Get Out released in theaters in 2017, and Marvel's 2018 Black Panther debuted to success with the box office and critics alike. Still, these are considered anomalies: blockbuster films are still monopolized by the white, male side of the movie-making industry.

The thing is, there are a lot of movies made by great Black directors: Black filmmakers have been creating amazing work for decades. Often, their work is under recognized, particularly when it comes to elite awards. But there remains a stellar canon of films from black directors that deserve to be watched and shared. Some of the best movies from Black filmmakers — beyond hits like Black Panther and Get Out or Oscar darlings like Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave — are straight up classics and modern masterpieces which every movie lover should know.

So why not make it a point to watch some other great films by Black directors? Here are some movies for film lovers by Black directors. And remember, this is just a selection of some of the best to get you started. There's a lot out there to explore

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